Champs can counter the best laid plans

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA -

The strength of Co­rofin’s bench told when push came to shove in the sec­ond half. Win­ning man­ager Kevin O’brien had so many op­tions that made life im­pos­si­ble for Ballintub­ber down the home stretch. Ballintub­ber’s coach Kevin John­son cer­tainly had his home­work done and set his team up ef­fec­tively in the open­ing half. They were hard to break down, dom­i­nated around the mid­dle, and created space up top for Jame­sie Fin­nerty and Cil­lian O’con­nor to ex­ploit. But Co­rofin man­ager Kevin O’brien took re­me­dial action in the sec­ond half and flooded the mid­dle third with bod­ies. This, com­bined with the in­tro­duc­tion of a swarm of sub­sti­tutes helped to turn the tide.


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